Disability Benefits
Apply for disability compensation and other benefits for conditions related to your military service.

Health Care Benefits
Apply for VA health care, find out how to access services, and manage your health and benefits online.

Education Benefits
Apply for and manage benefits that help you pay for college and training programs.

Housing Assistance
Find out if you qualify for a VA home loan. If you have a service-connected disability, find out if you qualify for a housing grant to help you live more independently.

Careers and Employment
Find out if you're eligible for Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) services, get support for your Veteran-owned small business, and access other resources to help build your career skills and find a job.

Life Insurance
Explore VA life insurance options, manage your policy online, and file claims.

Pension Benefits
Apply for monthly pension benefits for wartime Veterans and survivors.

Burials and Memorials
Get help planning a burial or memorial service, and find out how to get survivor and dependent benefits.

Family and Caregiver Benefits
As the family member of a Servicemember or Veteran, find out if you qualify for benefits like health care, VA-backed home loans, life insurance, or money to help pay for college. If you’re caring for a Veteran with disabilities, find out if you can get added support.

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Gather your evidence and records to support the increase. ​

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Determine exactly what your current ratings are before you proceed.
Dig out those original award letters so that you know exactly what sort of benefits and ratings you 
have. Don't just guess at it, get the facts. You may need to check your records at the eBenefits site.

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rating is seriously deficient. You have to research it to know.

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If you have an existing rating and you believe that the rated condition is worse

than it was when it was rated or if you believe that your rating is just too low, you

must formally file a claim to increase the rating.

Talking with your doctor or other veterans won't get the process started.
You have to submit the forms. No form, no benefit!

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You should consider an IME or an IMO
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will often make the difference when the details of your claim aren't clear.
The physician who conducts such an exam is a neutral

observer and an expert in disability medicine.
Click here to learn more about these exams.

It's time to file the claim. ​Use VA Form 21-526EZ 

Be as precise as you can to describe just what it is that you want. 

Provide supporting evidence.



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Proceed With Caution!!!

Any time we ask VA to open our file to make any adjustment, we open ourselves up to a

complete review of all ratings.  Many veterans get an unpleasant surprise when they discover

that their request for an increase leads to a proposal to decrease a rating. You have an absolute

right to be rated appropriately for each disabling condition you may have incurred during your

honorable military service. If you feel that your rating is not correct for your condition, by all

means seek an increase. Before you do...be sure that you can't lose. Check your current

condition's symptoms against the standards you find in The Schedule For Rating Disabilities.

Match your physical or mental health status to the ones you find there.

If you are confident that you can prove your entitlement to a higher rating, go for it.

If you aren't sure, sometimes sleeping dogs are best left to just lie there.

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Are YOU Eligible For?
VBA  Derivative Benefits Eligibility​ 

There are additional benefits that you may be eligible for that are based on a favorable decision for a VA benefit and/or based on special circumstances. 

These are known as derivatives.

VA Home Loans and Housing-Related Assistance
VA Assistance to Veterans Who Are Severely Disabled

​Veterans with certain service-connected disabilities may apply for grants to build an adapted home or install ramps, widen doors, or make other modifications to live more independently.

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Life Insurance
VA provides Veterans, Servicemembers, and their families with $1.3 trillion

in insurance coverage each year. VA also offers a variety of life insurance options

VA Benefits for Your Child

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers several benefits for the children of veterans:

(1) education benefits — servicemembers may transfer the GI Bill to their dependent

children before leaving service; (2) health care — CHAMPVA provides coverage to eligible

dependent children; (3) life insurance — family coverage is available to members insured under Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance (SGLI); and (4) memorial benefits — minor or unmarried adult children may be eligible for burial in a VA national cemetery. Also, specific benefits are available for children of servicemembers who died or were seriously injured in the line of duty.​​

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